California Science Center, Los Angeles

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Science Museum · Hidden Gem · Movie Theater
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Visit over 100 permanent exhibits at California Science Center, the West Coast’s largest hands-on science center. Whether you are interested in the 400 plant and animal species at the Ecosystems Exhibit, exploring aerospace artifacts, or riding the high wire bicycle, there are many ways to get involved at the science center. The center is also home to the largest IMAX screen in Los Angeles, standing seven stories high. By bringing science out of the classroom and making it interactive, the center shows that science can be fun and relatable for anyone. Using our international travel planner, Los Angeles attractions like California Science Center can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We attended the Under the Sea IMAX. So great. My granddaughter is a diver so she really enjoyed it. Since we were there we went to see a few exhibits and the Space Shuttle. I’ve seen it before but... 
    We attended the Under the Sea IMAX. So great. My granddaughter is a diver so she really enjoyed it. Since we were there we went to see a few exhibits and the Space Shuttle. I’ve seen it before but...  more »
  • On holiday in Los Angeles from Scotland and decided to visit the Science Center. Very impressed with the museum, particularly the Endeavour space shuttle. Very good interactive exhibits and... 
    On holiday in Los Angeles from Scotland and decided to visit the Science Center. Very impressed with the museum, particularly the Endeavour space shuttle. Very good interactive exhibits and...  more »
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  • I loved it! The "Art of the Brick" Lego exhibit was a lot of fun, but they also have some of the coolest permanent exhibitions. These include (just my favorites): The ACTUAL Endeavor space shuttle, which you can see and read about! A very enlightening exhibit on ecosystem, with interactive displays and a petting aquarium. A air and space section with satellites and actual space pods and space suits! And lots of other interesting interactive and non-interactive things to do.
  • Great experience taking my kids somewhere that I used to go to as a kid! Recommended for ages 3 and up. My toddlers had a great time exploring. It opens at 10. We got there around 11:30 right before the rush of school field trips. It was mildly crowded but not uncomfortable at all. The website recommends making a reservation prior to coming but I called a few days ahead and they advised just showing up since they don't get much traffic on Mondays and Tuesdays. We walked right in! Free entrance but parking is $15. Not many food options. We brought our own lunch/snacks to eat in the food court. We were there about 5-6 hours and were able to see all the free exhibits.

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